Jacob Mitich, who survived last weekend’s Madden 19 tournament shooting after getting hit twice by rapid gunfire, is suing EA Sports for negligence. The game developer which unveils a new Madden title each year, was also responsible for recruiting the talent pool gathered in Jacksonville, Florida. The tragic shooting incident was but one of many incidents of this nature to literally unfold on social media and Twitch, some of which still exists as a living relic.
Mitich who is represented by the law firm Morgan & Morgan, presented his class action suit to the Circuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Duval County, Florida. “Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich traveled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved. He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space,” attorney James Young attested in a written statement. “That trust was shattered when shots rang out in an overcrowded, since-shut-down, non-permitted space.”
Mitch is also suing the bar which housed part of the event, the related Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille, as well as the management companies of the Jacksonville Landing area of downtown Jacksonville. As a registered eSports professional, Mitich is seeking compensation for the time he will miss recovering from his injuries. The lawsuit can read in its entirety here.